Massage & Self Consciousness

We recently stumbled upon a beautiful blog post by Megan Spence, a bodyworker from Brooklyn, New York, about the often thought of and rarely discussed topic of massage & self consciousness. We found her writing to be inspiring, delving into the realms of our own body acceptance & perception of ourselves. This is a topic massage therapist often talk about amongst themselves but clients feel to shy to ask us – Do you think I’m gross?

“Over the years, friends and acquaintances have remarked either that they would like to get a massage but are too self-conscious, or they have asked how I deal with “gross” clients. Seriously. People have asked. And my answer? Clients aren’t gross. Bodies aren’t gross. You aren’t gross.”

Many thanks to Megan for allowing us to link to her words!

Sinus Stuffiness Got You Stuck?

Fall is on the way here and that means, for many of us, sinus headaches, runny noses and a gamut of unpleasant side effects. Acupressure, a simple massage technique very similar to acupuncture, is a quick and simple way to help relieve pressure of sinuses and stress!

Whole Living illustrates three quick & simple acupressure moves to utilize!

Essential oils can help relieve sinus pressure as well. Add a few drops of peppermint oil on a tissue or hanky and inhale for quick relief!

 

Weekend Warriors and Massage

How can massage therapy help casual, not so casual, and professional athletes? ABMP’s article by Shirley Vanderbilt explains!

“‘I think massage gives you a good kick in the pants,’ Clinton Wynn says, speaking of the psychological benefit. The amateur cycle team, including three physicians, had little previous experience with massage. In fact, one 53-year-old surgeon had never been on the table, but Wynn’s expert hands soon turned him into a convert…’

 

5 Tips for Yoga Beginners from “Whole Living”

1. Don’t Worry About Being Perfect

“Along with your yoga mat and your towel, bring a sense of humor to class. Students who get hung up on doing everything ‘perfectly’ are less likely to come back.” — Seane Corn, creator of the “Vinyasa Flow Yoga” DVD series and national yoga ambassador for YouthAIDS.

2. Don’t Force It

“Don’t force your way into yoga. Adapt your movements to accommodate your level of strength and stamina, so that you avoid injury and feel comfortable in every pose.” — Baron Baptiste, founder of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga

3. Connect to the Pose

“Watch out for what I call ‘self mutilation’ – spending your time talking to yourself about what you can’t do. This will make your practice dismal. The more your stay connected to feeling the pose – to breathing into the pose – the better your experience will be.” Ana Forrest, Founder of Forrest Yoga

4. Go On A Retreat

“To jump start your practice, go on a yoga retreat. By temporarily shelving all the distractions in your normal life, you’ll learn enough in just two or three days to make a big dfference in your weekly yoga class experience.” Richard Faulds, former president of Kripalu

5. Be Open

“When you get to class, keep an open mind, Tun in to your own infinite possibilites. And drink water.” – Guruatma Singh Khalsa, co owner of Franklin yoga; yoga instructor for 32 years

Thanks to Whole Living!

Indigo @ Pridefest 2012! A Brief History of Pride in St. Louis

Indigo is proud to walk in the Pride Parade this Sunday, June 24. The theme of Pride this year is Be You! And at Indigo, we are in touch with you – a perfect match! We ordered super cute, baseball-esque Indigo shirts from the Art Farm (thanks, Skylar!) for our walkers and will be wearing tall rainbow socks in celebration of Pride Fest. Speaking of our walkers, we have a crowd! Our lovely team of therapists, Danielle Elder (our knowledgable acupuncturist), several loyal clients and their families, and the families of our staff will be representing Indigo. We will be escorted by Phil Jarvis’s fancy red truck and will be sling shotting rainbow wrist bands into the throngs of parade watchers.

PrideFest started in 1970, one year after the Stonewall Riots in New York City shook up the status quo. The St. Louis LGBT commitee was formed in 1979 and the first Pride Parade in St. Louis was in 1981. The Pride Parade in St. Louis is the largest annual parade in the area! How cool is that?! Pride is held annually in Tower Grove Park and the parade route runs from the Utah and Grand intersection, up Arsenal St. into Tower Grove.

We hope everyone enjoys the Pride festivities this year! Come cheer us on!

“The Shelter of the Father” by Kent Nerburn

Father’s Day is quickly approaching on the heels of Mother’s Day. Too often, Dad’s Day becomes just another Hallmark holiday, ya know, the one where we just send him a card and give him a quick telephone call. It’s easy to forget how important our Fathers are to us, whether they be fully present in our lives or not. This piece by Kent Nerburn is an inspiring call to remember the purpose of fatherhood is to give children wings to take off from their mother’s nest. Doesn’t Dad deserve a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life too?

Fatherhood is about empowerment and guidance. It is about becoming the protective sky under which your son or daughter walks, while motherhood is about becoming the soft earth that receives their footsteps. Each has its role, and neither can replace the other.

Self Care for Mamas from the Holistic Moms Network

A massage is the perfect way to escape from the stresses of motherhood. This blog post, by the Holistic Moms Network, has several quick tips for revitalization during a hectic time.

“One of the most basic and important things all moms need is self-care. We need to fill our own cups and revitalize ourselves, especially when our children are very young and very needy. Ironically, it is also one of the hardest things to achieve. Moms are often plagued by the opposing desire to take personal time and a sense of obligation and guilt whenever the opportunity arises. Deep down, though, we all know that we need the time to refresh and that it makes us better parents and contributes to our happiness. The biggest obstacle? Usually time. So here are a few quick ways to regroup and renew in a pinch…”

 

No Yoga Thursday 4/19

Howdy, yogis! We will not be having classes this Thursday, 4/19.

Kim’s Wednesday at 6:30pm class and Katie’s Saturday 11:30am are still open. Drop on in to get your stretch on!

Dianna’s classes will resume next week at the usual times.

How Does Prenatal Yoga Help Mom?

Pregnant Yoga: Happy Baby, Healthy Baby

Are you expecting? Learn how you can have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby by completing yoga exercises

MARIANNE MCGINNIS

 

Think it’s hard enough to get your forehead on your shins in forward folds without sticking a watermelon in the way? Well, yoga gurus say embracing the obstacle and regularly practicing safe prenatal postures anyway relieves a multitude of pregnancy-related woes and benefits baby to boot. But research validating such claims had been nonexistent—until now.

Scientists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center joined forces with Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation in Bangalore, India, to follow 335 women, ages 18 to 35, who either took an hour-long yoga class or walked an hour each day during their second and third trimesters. The researchers found that the women who did yoga were half as likely to give birth prematurely (14 versus 29 percent) and had lower emergency C-section rates (23 versus 33 percent) than the walkers. The yoga moms also had lower blood pressure and better fetal growth rates, on average.

“The improvement we saw in those who did the stretching, breathing, and meditation exercises could be due to an increase in blood flow to the placenta, a decrease in stress hormones transferred to the fetus, a decline in the early release of hormones that could trigger labor, or all three,” says study coauthor Vivek Narendran, M.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics at the center.

Women interested in adding yoga to their prenatal care need to find a safe class, says Nicole DeAvilla Whiting, a registered yoga instructor. Here’s her advice:

What to look for: Scout out classes specifically designed for pregnancy. Safe styles include hathaIyengar, Ananda (a system focused on proper alignment and increasing awareness), and kundalini.

Avoid risks: Steer clear of ashtanga, Bikram (hot), and power yoga styles and postures that put pressure on your abdomen or involve jumping, twisting, or lying on your back.

Know what to expect: All classes should be gentle and offer modified standing and seated poses; breathing exercises; and relaxation techniques.